Uk news Steven Naismith makes 'nervous' Celtic claim as he rubbishes injury excuse MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The Hearts striker reckons Celtic didn't have the will to win against Rangers.
Breaking News ! Steven Naismith insists Celtic looked 'nervous' during their Old Firm defeat to Rangers and rubbished claims they lost because of their injury crisis. The Hoops were missing a host of players through Covid-19 issues or injury with the likes of Odsonne Edouard, James Forrest and Ryan Christie all absent. But former Ibrox star Naismith believes that a will to win wasn't there for Neil Lennon's men and Rangers were in control throughout the game. And he pointed to the price tags on some of Celtic's replacements as a reason why they can't use the absences as an excuse. Read More Related Articles Who's doing Celtic in and why it's not Neil Lennon, by Neil Lennon Patryk Klimala started after a £3.5m move last year, while subs Albian Ajeti, David Turnbull and Greg Taylor all cost more than £3m each. He told Sportscene: "Without a doubt they would have made a difference, but on the flipside of that Celtic have spent a lot of money on a lot of the boys who were in the team. A lot of the players have had big transfers whether it be to Celtic or coming on loan, and Old Firms are about who wants it more. (Image: SNS Group) "There's been so many in the past - I've been involved in so many myself - where you're the underdogs and you go out and just that will to win, and you fight.
." Naismith was also concerned by the defensive organisation from Celtic for Connor Goldson's second goal of the game.
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He questioned Kris Ajer's role in the goal and reckons he took a position in the defence that made sure he couldn't be blamed if the Ibrox side scored. He added: "Here you've got eight bodies from Celtic behind the ball. Rangers have shown great composure by building the attack and putting them under pressure. But they all drop, except from Ajer who attaches himself to one man and basically says 'That's my man, that's it' in an 'everything else is not my fault' type mentality. "You can't have a Rangers player seven or eight yards out from goal and nobody is within two yards of him. There's no organisation."
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